The Federal Government of Nigeria finally agreed to negotiate with the Niger Delta Avengers – NDA as committee was set up to resume talk with the said group.
It was gather that the Niger Delta Avengers – NDA requested 60% of the oil-block or nothing else. To pass their message across the Federal Government that they are serious on their terms of condition, they blew up another Chevron Oil well in the Niger Delta Region.
The Niger Delta Avengers – NDA has claimed responsible for such attack via their tweeter handle @NDAvengers blow up (sic) Well RMP 20, belong to Chevron, located 20 meters (sic) away from Dibi flow Station in Warri North LGA in Delta State.
According to message from the tweeter handle, “This is to the general public: we’re not negotiating with any Committee. If Fed Govt is discussing with any group, they’re doing that on their own,” the group said.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Benin, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to confirm and get back to us.
But the team, set up by the Federal Government to hold talks with the NDA, said it had not commenced negotiation with the group. That it was not as a result of them – FG not meeting with their terms that warranty the bombing of the oil plant.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who announced the setting up of the committee on Monday, said the government’s team would be coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
He listed the members of the committee to include the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru; himself, traditional rulers and influential individuals from the group.
Meanwhile, a former President of the Ijaw Youths Council, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, has hailed the decision of the President to set up a committee to negotiate with the Avengers.
Ekiyor told one of our correspondents on the telephone on Wednesday that declaring a ceasefire in the area for the commencement of dialogue was commendable.
However, Ekiyor, who is the Secretary of the Delta State Government Advocacy Committee on Pipeline Vandalism, set up Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, advised that efforts should be made to include stakeholders, who were known by the government and the people of the area to build trust.
, “If you take an honest look at the actions of the NDA, you will see that the bombing of pipelines and other vices will have a lasting negative effect on our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters and even children in the communities, who will not have a source of livelihood if the whole area is polluted.
“We also don’t want soldiers to invade our communities like they did in Borno State and rendered thousands of persons homeless. Rather, we advise them (NDA) to channel their grievances through the right method instead of destroying their own land and heritage to make their point.
“We wish to appeal to the members of the Niger Delta Avengers and any other groups involved in the recent destruction of oil facilities in the region to reconsider their activities and yield to the call from the Presidency for dialogue as a means of finding lasting solutions to their grievances.”
The national president noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to commence the Ogoni clean-up was a clear demonstration that Buhari had the region’s interest at heart and would do anything possible to alleviate the suffering of the people.
In a similar vein, the Ijaw National Congress has pleaded with members of the Niger Delta Avengers not to turn down the offer by the Federal Government to engage them in a dialogue.
The INC expressed dissatisfaction that the militant group had rejected a call for a ceasefire by the Federal Government, elders and youths of the Niger Delta.
According to the INC spokesman, Mr. Burubo however, urged Buhari to hold talks with the Niger Delta people rather than reaching them through his political party.
Burubo called on the President to urgently implement the relevant portions of the 2014 National Conference recommendations and the Ledum Mitee’s report to enhance the development of the Niger Delta.
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